Apparently, JD Whetherspoon shares fell, after the company issued a profits warning. The pub management firm is worried, that the smoking ban, to be introduced in Britain this summer, will reduce earnings in the short run.
A friend of mine told me an interesting story. A trader in bank X tried to make a profit, building a private portfolio with some new financial product and using bank's money. Apparently, he abused his position and connections within the firm in order to do so. The sad part of the story is, that he ended up playing against bank Y and loosing half of the cash. Obviously, he wasn't an exceptionally bright trader and also no proper pricing model was available for that particular product/portfolio.
Some time ago Microsoft released a free sample - an HTTP server, written completely in .NET and able to host ASP.NET applications. It has been extended and improved by some other company, which now makes it available for download.
Google allow you to install a Java MIDLet (a small Java application for mobile platforms), which gives you access to your GMail account. Current version is
An article claims, that there is a proposition to create either
.london domain. Great idea, but what about other cities?
The idea is actually not that new. There is an unofficial domain for St. Petersburg -
Heiko Ebens, a Merrill Lynch director, claimed, that hedge fund industry has ceased to deliver higher than average returns and can be mostly replaced by index trackers. Merrill Lynch's trackers, for instance.
There is an interesting review of the upcoming Windows Server. The OS seems to be full of goodies to simplify daily administration tasks and to improve security. It is nice to see, that PowerShell is finally making it into the OS - Microsoft keep on learning fron Uni
I have been using Tiscali (now TalkTalk) broadband services for more than 4 months. At the beginning everything was fine - I even was quite pleased with them, since they promised to connect me within 10 business days, but in fact I was on the Internet after just one week.
As some of you probably know, Google provides an "on-line office" - AJAX-based web application, which allows you to edit formatted text and spreadsheets on-line, storing them on Google's servers. There are some extra features, including change tracking, sharing of the same document with other Google users etc.